Take note! This year's hottest runway trends blend perfectly with the season's most intoxicating eaux.
Gone are the days of committing yourself to a single signature scent. Like your closet—filled with wardrobe basics but transformed each season with on-trend pieces—your fragrances should be a means of selfexpression. Each one reflects a day’s particular mood.
“Fragrance and fashion are historically linked,” says legendary perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. “I do believe that one should have a fragrance wardrobe, a mix of ageless classics and fashionable trends.” Kelly St. John, VP of beauty at Neiman Marcus, agrees: “A fragrance wardrobe is expected and encouraged, allowing our customers to select something that fits the day’s inspiration.” It’s only fitting, then, that two of the season’s strongest fashion looks—chic athleisure with a vintage twist and sultry, romantic florals—pair so seamlessly with some of today’s boldest scents.
GAME, SET, EAU!
Clockwise from top center: Candy L’Eau, Prada (2.7 oz. for $96). Macy’s, 190 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 631-728- 5500; macys.com. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria, Guerlain (125 ml. for $95). guerlain.com. White Tea, Elizabeth Arden (50 ml. for $37). Macy’s, see above. Aqua Celestia, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris (200 ml. for $275). Neiman Marcus, Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Country Road, Garden City, 516-368-0500; neimanmarcus.com. Eau des Merveilles Bleue, Hermès (100 ml. for $146). Sephora, Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, 631-425-1488; sephora.com. Accessories: Tennis racket, Lacoste ($750). lacoste.com. Runway, from left: Lacoste, Max Mara
When sporting designs from Max Mara or Lacoste’s Spring 2017 vintage and tennisinspired collections, up your game with clean fragrances that boast notes of energizing citrus. Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian blended lime and cool mint oils with mimosa blossoms to create Aqua Celestia for his eponymous collection. Inspired by the blues of the sky and sea, the scent “explores a new territory of freshness,” says Kurkdjian. Hermès’s Eau des Merveilles Bleue touches on the same theme but mixes sea spray with woody notes, and Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea blends a sea breeze accord with white tea extract. It’s all about Italian bergamot with Guerlain’s vibrant Bergamote Calabria, while perfumer Daniela Andrier also used citruses from Italy when creating Prada’s Candy L’Eau, but she added a tender floral accord with sweet vanilla for a fragrance that inspires wearers, she says, “to seek out life’s endless pleasures.”
SMELL THE ROSES
Clockwise from top: Love Relentlessly, Tory Burch (1.7 oz. for $86). Americana Manhasset, 1992 Northern Blvd., 516-627- 1790; toryburch.com. Devil Tender, Ex Nihilo (50 ml. for $225). Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com. Garden Rose Eau de Cologne, Aerin (6.7 oz. for $165). 83 Main St., Southampton, 631-353-3773; aerin.com. Sì Rose Signature Eau de Parfum, Giorgio Armani (1.7 oz. for $92). Macy’s, 190 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 631-728-5500; macys.com. Dior Poison Girl Eau de Toilette, Dior (1.7 oz. for $78). Sephora, Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, 631-425-1488; sephora.com. Runway, top: Alexander McQueen. center and bottom: Dolce & Gabbana
It is no coincidence that roses are cropping up left and right in fragrance. “Pink was a really big trend in ready-towear,” says Roopal Patel, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, “so it’s interesting to see that rose as a fragrance was top of mind for a lot of [perfume] labels.” To honor her parents’ love story, Tory Burch pairs rose with warm patchouli in Love Relentlessly, and Armani’s Sì Rose blends the bloom with sensual base notes like amber, reminiscent of the sultry sheaths seen on Dolce & Gabbana’s spring runway. For an edgier take on the flower, Dior’s Poison Girl boasts bitter orange, and Ex Nihilo’s Devil Tender starts spicy with pink pepper berries. Aerin’s Garden Rose, with green notes of geranium blended with various roses, recalls the sheer, embroidered frocks of Alexander McQueen.